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Fall 2020 information: please see the letter from Dr. Westgate on the Wind Studies website.
As of early August, Wind Ensemble will be held in person (outside under tents) and Symphony Band will be held remotely this fall. Orchestras will be strings only.

Fall 2020: Placement Wind/Brass Auditions for Wind Ensemble (in person) and Symphony Band (remote, though listed as face-to-face in SPIRE) were held via video recordings, which are to be uploaded to a dropbox folder here: The video auditions were due on Monday, August 24 at noon. Please title your audition video with your instrument, underscore, then your last name. For example: TRUMPET_Severinsen. That will help us sort the responses quickly. Link to excerpts at bottom of this page.

The UMass Amherst Bands are open to all students, subject to auditions held at the beginning of each semester, and appear in concert on campus several times a year. The Bands have represented UMass Amherst at conferences and festivals that have included Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA; the Washington, D.C. home of the Marine Band; and the Capitol Building in Boston.

WIND ENSEMBLE  (in person, Fall 2020)
Matthew Westgate, conductor    

Performs major works in twentieth-century wind literature. Regularly commissions and premieres new works and has recorded the wind music of David Maslanka and Charles Bestor on the Albany and Centaur CD labels. Recently invited to perform at Music Educators National Conference and College Band Directors conferences in Connecticut, New Jersey and the Washington D.C. home of the U.S. Marine Band.

SYMPHONY BAND  (Remote, Fall 2020)
Matthew Westgate, conductor 
Performs a wide range of wind literature, including works by composers such as Persichetti, Benson, Woolfenden, Holst, Grainger and Ticheli. Features guest soloists and conductors and has performed at MENC and CBDNA Eastern Division Conventions.

Timothy T. Anderson, director 
Normally, the Concert Band meets and performs in both the fall and spring semesters (one concert each semester) and features a wide variety of standard band literature. The University Community is particularly encouraged to join - everyone is welcome.
For Fall 2020, Concert Band will be a remote class.
Because Concert Band will be online only this fall, the content is changing. The class will meet on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm ET for approximately 1 hour. The content will be a survey of the wind band: its origins, its evolution and its music. Students will write short reaction statements to the music and material presented. It is hoped this will provide an engaging opportunity for band musicians to learn more about the music they play. Link to Syllabus/Course Description (pdf)

Timothy T. Anderson, director
One of the finest university marching bands in the Northeast, this 300-member ensemble performs at home and away football games and makes many guest appearances throughout the region and nationally. Website »

Provides musical excitement and spirit at home basketball games and post-season tournaments. Open to students from the entire University Community. Website »

WIND/BRASS/PERCUSSION - Placement Audition Excerpts, Fall 2020
For Wind Ensemble (in person) and Symphony Band (remote)

Flute (list of excerpts & scales)
Bass Clarinet
Saxophone  Instructions/Excerpt list   Mason-Bounce  Full Navy Band excerpts  Canfield-Shostakovich-Schmitt-Rachmaninoff-Mozart
A recording for Bounce is available but could not be uploaded; please contact Prof. Hulting-Cohen or web mgr Eric Roth for emailed mp3 file.
No Percussion auditions
, Fall 2020

If you have questions about any of these audition excerpts or instructions, please contact the studio teacher (see below).

Any questions, please contact the studio teacher directly:
Prof. du Toit (Flute)
Prof. Cohen (Oboe)
Prof. de Guise-Langlois (Clarinet)
Prof. Hulting-Cohen (Saxophone)
Prof. Taghavi (Bassoon)
Prof. Berlin (Trumpet)
Prof. Michal (Horn)
Prof. Spiridopoulos (Trombone)
Prof. Bottomley (Tuba/Euphonium)
Prof. Kataoka (Percussion)